After several weeks of calm, the number of Covid-19 contaminations has increased considerably in different regions of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) returned to this situation, stating that “the pandemic is far from over”; and that the virus remains at the rank of “public health emergency of international concern”.
On the sidelines of the publication of the results of the last meeting of the Emergency Committee on Covid-19; WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over”. Noting, however, that we are “in a better position than at the start of the pandemic”.
Noting the recent increase in cases of contamination in different regions of the world; the WHO has pointed out the lack of implementation of appropriate public health measures. Especially in the regions affected by this upsurge in cases.
“The virus circulates easily and countries are not effectively managing the disease burden according to their capacity. Both in terms of hospitalization for acute cases and the increasing number of people with post-Covid-19 disease, often referred to as long Covid”; further indicated the Director of the WHO.
Covid-19 in the world: contaminations have increased by 30% in two weeks
The Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme; Dr. Michael J. Ryan, expressed concern about the current epidemiological situation around the world regarding the Coronavirus. According to figures provided to WHO; over the past two weeks, cases of Covid-19 contamination have increased by 30%.
According to the same WHO official; these are largely the descendant variants of Omicron as well as the BA.4, BA.5 sub-variants. He also explained the fact that the increase in contamination is due to the lifting of public health social measures.
In addition, Doctor Ryan pointed out the difficulties encountered in the response to the virus. Particularly the recent decline in screening and genomic sequencing. Explaining that this hinders the detection of cases and the monitoring of the evolution of virus variants.
WHO maintains Covid-19 as a ‘public health emergency of international concern’
At the end of the meeting of its Committee; the WHO has announced that the Covid-19 pandemic will be maintained as a “public health emergency of international concern”. Is the highest level of alert of the organization. And this, following a unanimous decision of the said Committee.
The UN organization also stressed the need to apply the necessary health measures. “Governments must deploy tried and tested measures such as wearing masks; improved ventilation and screening and treatment protocols”; recommended the WHO Director.
In addition, the organization also recommended a second booster dose of vaccine against Covid-19 for vulnerable people. Thus, the WHO has called on the countries covered by its regional office to administer a second booster dose to “moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals aged five years and over, as well as their close entourage”.
Tea #COVID19 Emergency Committee met & concluded that the outbreak remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. New waves of the virus show that the pandemic is not over. We must push back with safe & effective tools to prevent infections, hospitalizations & deaths https://t.co/9KeqSriZWH
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) July 13, 2022